India sealed their place in the final after beating Bangladesh 2-1 in the semi-finals of the SAFF U-17 Championship in Colombo on Monday. Striker Thangalsun Gangte (51st, 59th) scored in the second half to win the match for India. Bangladesh pulled back once in the 62nd minute from a penalty from Mirajul Islam. Both the teams created many chances in the first half which went in vain. The only real chance of the half fell for India, but the Blue Colts failed to make it count.
In the 16th minute, Koru Singh sent a cross from the right for Gangte who managed to shoulder his marker in the box. But despite being caught in the middle of rival goalkeeper Sohnoor Rahman, he failed to direct his header into the net.
India came out with full enthusiasm after the change of the end, and soon took the lead.
The Blue Colts jumped into the lead five minutes after the restart as striker Gangtey, who was lurking around the opposition box, got it outside the field, and even went as far as the legs. Jungle tries to close them, the striker ends it to the right of the goalkeeper.
Seven minutes later, a brilliant counter-attack doubled the lead. The Indian defenders foiled an opponent’s attack inside the box, and a counter-attack from the right left Bangladesh unaware. Eventually, Vanlalpeka Guite sent it to the box and Gangtey made no mistake in tapping it.
However, Bangladesh once pulled back minutes after being awarded a penalty for a soft foul. Striker Mirajul stepped on the spot and sent Indian keeper Sahil down the wrong track, scoring his team’s only goal of the match.
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